Adding LGBTQIA+ propaganda to a mainstream movie that’s supposed to screen globally in theaters is a dangerous game to play, and Disney tried playing it with Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker. However, things backfired badly in some Muslim regions.
The Washington Examiner is reporting that the version of Rise of Skywalker that aired in Singapore and Dubai was censored.
The article explains…
“In Singapore and Dubai, Disney cut the same-sex kissing moment from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to meet national laws that prohibit homosexuality.
“Homosexuality in Singapore is punishable by up to two years in prison. The country’s Infocomm Media Development Authority awarded the Singapore version of the film a PG-13 rating.”
The same thing occurred in the United Arab Emirates.
It’s odd because as pointed out in the article, the lesbian propaganda in Rise of Skywalker was still present in the Chinese theatrical release. Of course, the kiss didn’t help a lick with the box office, as the film bombed hard in the land of Pooh Bear.
In an interview with Moviezine, director J.J. Abrams was proud of the propaganda, even though it served no purpose being on-screen and had nothing to do with the story.
CBR captured the quotes, where Abrams told the outlet…
“It just felt like in this one scene of celebration, it felt like an opportunity to show [an LGBT kiss] without it being heavy-handed or making too loud of a deal. Part of the whole experience was to see a same-sex couple have a moment together that was explicitly saying in this galaxy, everyone is there and is welcome,” Abrams added. “It doesn’t matter your sexual preference, your race, your species, whether you’re organic, whether you’re synthetic — Star Wars is for everyone.”
“And knowing that there hadn’t been a representation like that, it doesn’t take away from anyone. It just shows that Star Wars is for all of us.”
I don’t know what Disney thought they could accomplish by throwing some lesbian propaganda into the film. It’s not like countries where homosexuality is illegal would have allowed it through – as evident with Singapore and the UAE – and it’s not like normal people in the rest of the world would jump up and clap their hands together to see such content.
But catering to a few thousand loonies on Twitter certainly didn’t help with the overall box office in the rest of the world where the kiss is still present given that Rise of Skywalker opened with the lowest weekend for a Star Wars movie in recent history, as reported by The Motley Fool.
At this point, we could be seeing Star Wars on its death throes if the momentum of its decline keeps up.
(Thanks for the news tip Guardian EvaUnit02)